Leading through Change & Adversity

How we Doubled Revenue & Profits during the Great Recession - and Won the #1 Place to Work

Best Audience:

Any group of managers or executives who are looking for a way to lead through troubled times.

I’m, for better or for worse, no stranger to leading teams through unprecedented times. 

As an American and as a manager, I saw the devastating effect 9/11 had on businesses worldwide, and those powerful lessons have stuck with me to this day.

Later, after founding my own software business, the great recession hit and started to decimate our industry. 

Fortunately, I applied what I learned earlier, and my company doubled in revenue and profit, acquired a competitor for next to nothing, and was named the #1 Best Place to Work.

To survive and thrive in this “next normal”, Leaders need to have a game plan for the company, the team, and themselves. 

After all, most leaders have had to adapt to more change over the last year plus than in the rest of their careers combined – and we all know there’s much more coming at us.

In this Leading through Change & Adversity session, you will learn:

  • What managers in your organization need to be doing right now to take charge of the change
  • What every single member of your team needs to support them in these stressful, uncertain, and even opportune times
  • How to position your whole company for agility and success as the chaos continues

(Presentation includes results of a meta-analysis conducted with myself and Glasgow University on successful navigation of difficult times.)

This session will ensure you equip the people in your organization who need to embrace and lead this change with the right tools, right mindset, and confidence.


In Person, Virtual, or Hybrid


30 – 90 minute Keynote-type Presentations or Full/Half Day Training

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Everything has been designed for you to get the most value out of an engagement with myself. 


There are three main delivery types:


  • Keynote style Presentations 
  • Masterclasses (single-run courses)
  • Training Engagements (running weeks or months with a potential mix of presentations, trainings and coaching)

Everything can be done in person, virtual/online or a hybrid of both. 

Phase one

The pre-engagement phase

This phase begins with a preliminary introductory conversation where we can connect via phone or video call. Initially, we will talk about the overall basics, covering everything from the date/time of your event to your budget/fees and the overall goal for your team/event/organisation.

If this is a match, we organise follow-up conversations to delve into the specifics of goal mapping for the event. We will look at your goals as a leader, your organisation’s present & desired culture, your tactical & strategic goals as an organisation, your aim for the event, and what’s going on in your industry. 

You will then get a tailored proposal with a concise strategy and plan for your event. 

phase two

main content delivery phase

This phase includes all potential pre-event activities. Participation and engagement is a significant part of my presentation methodology, and this begins before the event has started.

One popular option is to customise my latest bestselling book, “Leading in the Next Normal”, as a gift for your attendees; for example, some CEOs like to write a forward or have the company logo on either the front or back cover. Interviews with executives can be another dynamic pre-engagement tool. We can employ many techniques like surveys, polls, teaser videos, blog posts, and social media to drive up anticipation for the event. These tools build excitement and anticipation and ensure participation is beginning before the event has even started.

The main hero of this phase is the event itself. You can expect this to be an interactive experience with techniques and takeaways for all attendees. I am not afraid to be vulnerable here – you’re attendees will get stories of my failures alongside the tales of my success. My style is to employ a personal approach with anecdotes and real-life experience to drive engagement and understanding with the core content effectively. I inject some humour and personality into the presentation – with normally even a few laughs here and there!

Alongside experience, I use psychology and neuroscience training to help your teams understand the mindset required for successful leadership. Attendees will come away from the event with the tools and techniques a leader needs. I will tailor the event to YOUR industry from our preliminary phases, making the content as relatable and accessible as possible for your teams. I can guarantee that attendees will leave knowing how to be better leaders and have the skillset to create high functioning teams.

phase three

post event phase

The final stage is the follow up from the event. Alongside the traditional feedback forms or surveys, there is the option to engage in further activities to attain the highest value from the event.

For example, we can organise follow up conference calls or webinars with the potential for a live Q&A. I can also produce follow up videos/audios or written content if you prefer a more “on-demand” option. I also have many courses available online, and if the Mindset of the Leader is what you are interested in, I run a renowned “Leadership Mindset” course twice a year. 

Give your managers the tools they need for long term success and contact me today.